University of Texas at El Paso, Mathematical Sciences

Position ID: 3282-PRA2024 [#23994]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: El Paso, Texas 79968, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
Application Deadline: none (offers accepted )
Position Description:    

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for an open position for a postdoctoral research associate. This position will be funded through a new DOE Energy Earthshots award, “Advanced Multi-Physics Machine Learning for Subsurface Energy Systems Across Scales." (For more information about the DOE's Energy Earthshots Initiative, visit

The project aims to build a computational model for a comprehensive understanding of physical, geomechanical, and geochemical processes occurring at multiple scales in subsurface energy storage and recovery systems. An interdisciplinary team from five institutions (UTEP, Florida State University, University of Utah, Sandia National Lab, and Alma Energy LLC) with expertise in diverse disciplines (applied mathematics, data science, geoscience, and engineering) will collaborate on this exciting project. 

The postdoctoral research associate at UTEP will work in Dr. Son-Young Yi (lead PI)’s research group to develop numerical models for enhanced geothermal systems and geologic carbon storage to facilitate more accurate predictions and the ability to optimize and manage geologic energy systems. The postdoctoral research associate is also expected to work closely with the other scientists from the partnering institutions on this project and provide mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students. 

The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics, computational science, or any closely related field. Any experience and skills in the following areas are strongly preferred. 

 • Numerical methods for partial differential equations methods 
 • Multiscale numerical methods 
 • Flow and transport in porous media 
 • Scientific machine learning 
 • Excellent programming skills in Python and C++ and prior experience with High Performance Computing 
 • Strong written and oral communication skills 

Appointment terms: The start date of this position can be as early as January 2024 but is negotiable. The initial appointment will be for 24 months, renewable for an additional year upon successful performance. The expected annual salary is $60K/year. Although this is a research position without teaching responsibilities, teaching opportunities may be available through UTEP’s Department of Mathematical Sciences. The postdoctoral research associate will be offered health insurance, benefits, and professional development opportunities. 

Any interested candidates should submit (1) CV, (2) a research statement, (3) the names and contact information of at least three professional references. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. 

EO/AA statement:
In keeping with its access, excellence, and impact mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation and gender in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee’s or prospective employee’s right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.

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